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Science AMA Series: I’m Allard Dembe, a professor of health services management and policy in Ohio State University’s College of Public Health. I research the health implications of long work hours. AMA!
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Hi Reddit! My most recent study (https://news.osu.edu/news/2016/06/16/overtime-women/) found that women, in particular, have higher rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis when they work long hours for many years. I think that life demands outside of work could contribute and help explain why we found these life-threatening problems for women but not for men. (More information about my work is available at: https://cph.osu.edu/people/adembe) I will be back at 1 pm ET (10 am PT) to answer your questions, ask me anything! UPDATE: I’d just like to say I’m really appreciative of having had the opportunity to talk with so many of you today. We had a huge turnout of more than 350 people asking questions and I’m sorry I was not able to provide information back to all of you. If you have additional questions, please contact me on my website, listed above. I know that many of you are struggling with trying to find work scheduling arrangements that will be most effective and appropriate for each of your situations and I’d very much like to have future opportunities to interact with you on these issues.